Dean , Visual and Performing Arts
Office: Health 246 Bryan Campus
Born in Cuiabá, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, Marcelo Bussiki left to Rio de Janeiro at a young age to pursue his musical interests, eventually attending the Brazilian Conservatory of Music. Later on, he continued his studies in conducting at the Rio de Janeiro Federal University. Upon graduation, he landed the position of music director for the Federal University of Mato Grosso and held that position for six years. Due to his contribution not only in musical education but also in cultural expansion, Marcelo Bussiki was honored with the Ordem de Mérito de Mato Grosso (Mato Grosso Merit Award). In 1992, he went to the United States to study at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Two years later, he conducted the University of Houston's New Music Ensemble until 1996. This participation and vast musical experience allowed him to develop a repertoire of modern and contemporary music which he displays during his presentations now as the current conductor and director of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra .